Regulation of adhesion molecule expression by human synovial microvascular endothelial cells in vitro

Shing Shun Tony To, Peter M. Newman, Valentine J. Hyland, Bruce G. Robinson, Leslie Schrieber

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Objective. To examine the in vitro expression of E-selectin, P-selectin, intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), ICAM-2, vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1), and platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) by synovial microvascular endothelial cells (SMEC) in comparison with microvascular neonatal foreskin endothelial cells (FSE) and macrovascular human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVE). Methods. Cultured endothelial cells were treated for 4 hours with medium alone or tumor necrosis factor a (TNFα). The expression of endothelial adhesion molecules was evaluated by flow cytometry, cell enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and Northern blot analysis. Results. SMEC continuously expressed E- selectin under basal culture conditions, whereas FSE and HUVE did not. TNFα treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) SMEC resulted in sustained peak expression of E-selectin for up to 24 hours, which subsequently declined but remained elevated even at 72 hours. In contrast, peak E-selectin expression in FSE and HUVE occurred between 4 hours and 16 hours after TNFα treatment and then declined to near basal levels by 24-48 hours. SMEC expressed significantly higher levels of ICAM-1 compared with HUVE under basal culture conditions. There was no difference between SMEC, FSE, and HUVE in the expression of P-selectin, VCAM-1, ICAM-2, or PECAM-1. Northern blot analysis demonstrated that the levels of E-selectin expression by TNFα-stimulated endothelial cells correlated with their respective messenger RNA levels. Conclusion. Regulation of E-selectin and ICAM-1 expression in RA synovial endothelium is different from that in neonatal foreskin and human umbilical vein endothelium. The augmented expression of adhesion molecules in RA synovial endothelium may facilitate the recruitment of leukocytes to this site.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-477
Number of pages11
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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